Anne's Other Random Stuff Page
Yes, that is me under that wig. And I'm standing next to the head of the Hakubi Kyoto Kimono School, where I spent a month in May/June, '97. (The school is in Tokyo, in spite of the "Kyoto" in the name.) The picture is a link to a larger version of the photo you can look at if you really want to. You can also read about my trip in this diary.
And this guy to the right is my new personal mascot. The graphic is converted from a bitmap image I drew of an actual little fuzzball thingy that was a give-away at a conference. Don't ask why, I just love it.
Yep, I've got one.
And that is a scan of it taken with an MRI system. (That's "Magnetic Resonance Imaging" previously known as "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance" imaging, until the "nuclear" scared people and they changed it.) Never fear, I was just an experimental subject, we weren't hunting for anything in particular! I made a two other versions, one 600x573 pixels (233K) for moderate detail, and one 943x900 pixels (568K) if you want to see everything!
From Kindergarden to 9th grade I went to a great school in New Haven, CT called The Foote School.
I graduated from MIT, Class of 1985, with an SB in Aeronautical Engineering. I worked at MIT doing educational computing research and design until around the end of the year 2000. (Why educational computing, when I put all that sweat into an Aero Astro degree? Good question. Serendipity, mostly - and it turns out that I'm better at being the "liaison" and synthesis person in technology design, helping translate user needs to designer-speak and pull disparate parts of a project together, than I am at designing the base technologies from scratch. I still always get a seat on the wing when I fly, though, just so I can watch what's going on, and then describe it to whoever is lucky enough to sit by me...My friends don't like flying with me, for some reason.)
My friends in Academic Computing Services put together a pretty hilarious set of photos of me as part of my farewell party when I left IS in January, 1995. The only one I regret them finding is my freshman photo. Yikes! Please note that almost all the links off that page are photos, and so may take a while to load.
I'm interested in everything, pretty much. My main hobby is collecting other hobbies. Really. Name something and I've probably tried it, and most likely I've got the tools for it in the basement. (On a related note, this is probably part of why I'm an Answer Grape. Or it could be because I'm one. Dunno.) Anyway, the current (active) list:
Things to try or get back to soon:
Things I'd like to have time for but don't right now:
That oughta keep me busy for the next several lifetimes. As if you couldn't guess, I'm a firm believer in the Robert Heinlein character's quote:
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
...And if you've gotten this far, you'll notice that I do ramble on a bit. One of my worst faults, I talk too much. :)
Some day I'll add more, or maybe organize my hotlist here or something. Ya, in my spare time.
Though I generally abhor animated gifs, this one is so funny I can't resist. Plus, I like the idea it represents - this page (and most of those I maintain) ought to look the same, or at least work, with any browser, even text-only.
Anne's Home Page is sort of "up" from here...
Date last modified: 6-Dec-1999
Copyright 1999 Anne R. LaVin
This page's URL: http://web.mit.edu/lavin/www/personal.html